- Associated Press - Friday, October 30, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York officials say $6.5 million in additional funding has been awarded to programs statewide that help crime victims.

The federal funding will support 172 providers administering 226 programs for services like counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy and legal aid.

The programs are getting $43.8 million in the current fiscal year administered by the state Office of Victim Services for programs run by nonprofits, hospitals and law enforcement agencies.

Director Elizabeth Cronin says services like temporary housing for survivors of domestic violence or counseling for abused children are crucial for victims trying to recover.

State officials say that in 2014, nearly 265,000 people used them.

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